Over 400 Democratic Candidates running for state and local office in Florida

August 19, 2020 Florida Democrats announce the Sunshine Slate: Over 400 Democratic Candidates running for state and local office in Florida FLORIDA – Today, the Florida Democratic Party released its “Sunshine Slate” of Democrats on the ballot this November. With more than 400 Democrats running for state and local office across Florida, we are ready to flip Florida blue at every single level — from local offices all the way to the White House.  In 2019, the Florida Democratic Party launched the “Municipal Victory Program” and “Campaign Blueprint” and partnered with a dozen progressive partners to recruit and train candidates to run for local office. This June, in advance of the November election, FDP announced a $2 million investment into a newly formed Down Ballot Elections Department tasked with supporting the record number of Democrats running for state and local office in 2020.  “Today, the Florida Democratic Party announces our Sunshine Slate -- more than 400 candidates who will build long term power for Florida Democrats and help flip this state blue.  All politics is local and our candidates and our investments will put an end to out-of-touch Republican leadership— and replace it with elected leaders who will stand up for Florida families and core Democratic values of equality, the environment, affordable healthcare, and an economy that works for every single one of us,” said Rosy Gonzalez Speers, Senior Advisor for Down Ballot Elections at the Florida Democratic Party.  

The down ballot elections program includes continued investment in vote-by-mail, digital support, training, and advanced data and analytics, as well as communications, field, and campaign strategy resources for candidates.   To introduce voters to the new Sunshine Slate, FDP will launch a “Meet the Candidate” series on Thursday’s at 6:30 PM where voters can get to know Democratic candidates running for office throughout Florida.     As part of its $2 million investment, the Florida Democratic Party is launching a six figure digital ad buy focused solely on down ballot candidates and has purchased cutting edge data, digital and analytics tools to ensure campaigns make the most of their resources.   “In 2019, the Florida Democratic Party partnered with dozens of progressive partners to recruit the largest and strongest class of Democratic down ballot candidates in decades. Yesterday’s record Democratic turnout is evidence that our candidates were able to turn out the vote, but our work is not yet done,” said Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. “From expanding Medicaid, to helping the unemployed, to safely re-opening schools, it is abundantly clear that local leaders have a profound impact on our lives. In addition to sending Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House, Florida Democrats will work to elect every member of our Sunshine Slate! We need local leaders who will support Joe Biden as President right here in Florida.”  You can find our current list of candidates here. This list will be updated as more election results become official. For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Caffrey alcaffrey@floridadems.org

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